Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Military Commissions Act Of 2006

Gave the president the power to create military commissions to try alien unlawful enemy combatants (more commonly referred to as detained terrorism suspects) and established the jurisdiction and procedures for these trials. Part of President George W. Bush's "war on terror," this law was passed partly in response to the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court decision Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.